Mrs. Laura Bush and the National Trust for Historic Preservation Named 2014 Honor Award Recipients by the National Building Museum

The National Building Museum has selected two recipients for the 2014 Honor Award: Mrs. Laura Bush and the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Both awardees were chosen in recognition of their commitment to preserving our nation’s architectural and built heritage. The Museum presented the awards tonight at the Museum’s annual Honor Award gala.

Historic preservation has been a lifelong interest for Mrs. Bush, dating back to her childhood in Midland, Tex. She has demonstrated a tireless commitment to historic preservation through her active participation in initiatives such as Taking Care of Texas, the Texas Courthouse Preservation Initiative, the White House restoration, and her leadership with organizations such as the National Trust for Historic Preservation, the National Park Foundation, and the Trust for the National Mall. Mrs. Bush attended the gala to accept the award.

Chartered by Congress in 1949, the National Trust for Historic Preservation works to save America's diverse historic places and revitalize our communities. In addition to providing cutting-edge leadership on nationwide preservation issues, the Trust operates an extensive network of historic sites that represent America’s vast architectural and cultural history. The cornerstone of its current strategic focus is a growing portfolio of National Treasures—endangered places of national significance—where the organization is bringing much needed resources to save these unique places, and making sure that the icons of the past remain with us in the future. Stephanie Meeks, president and CEO of the National Trust, accepted the Honor Award on its behalf.

“Mrs. Bush and the National Trust have both served as powerful voices in the unremitting fight to preserve the historical legacy of our built environment,” said Chase Rynd, executive director of the National Building Museum. “It seems only fitting that this award is bestowed in our museum, which was built in 1887 as the Pension Bureau for all veterans of the Civil War and was once considered for demolition before being designated a National Historic Landmark.”

"The National Building Museum is a true treasure for Washington, D.C., and our nation," said Mrs. Bush. "Exhibitions at the Museum tell the stories of the world we build for ourselves. I am thrilled to join the National Trust for Historic Preservation as we receive the 2014 Honor Award, and I am grateful to the National Building Museum for inspiring Americans to preserve our country's historic buildings."

“It is a great honor for the National Trust to be recognized for our work in saving the places that tell America’s story and revitalizing our communities into places where we love to live,” said Stephanie Meeks. “We share the National Building Museum’s commitment to celebrating and preserving America’s built environment and look forward to future collaborations with the Museum in our common endeavor.”

The National Building Museum bestowed its first Honor Award in 1986 to recognize individuals and organizations that have made important contributions to the nation’s building heritage. Recipients are selected from a wide variety of backgrounds to call attention to the many factors that determine the form and quality of the built environment. Past honorees include Lady Bird Johnson, Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan, Cindy and Jay Pritzker, New Orleans Habitat Musicians’ Village founders Harry Connick, Jr. and Branford Marsalis, DuPont, and The Associated General Contractors of America.

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The National Trust for Historic Preservation, a privately funded nonprofit organization, works to save America’s historic places., @SavingPlaces